Too few books and too little time spent reading may be causing a serious literacy crisis for our kids. Many children who enter kindergarten without pre-reading skills in place never catch up. By second grade, it is clear by a child's literacy skills whether he likely will or will not go on to higher education. If a child isn't caught up in reading by third grade, it requires intense intervention to close the gap. And having reading difficulties increases the odds that a child will drop out of school and have a criminal record. The good news, according to our literacy crisis report, is in the growing understanding of the problem at hand, and the parents, teachers, and organizations that are stepping in to help.
You can make a big difference by joining us in St. Paul, MN on October 14th for Read.Connect.Grow, the second meeting in a three-part series of nation-wide early literacy advocacy.
You'll hear firsthand the latest, most pressing information about early literacy from notable leaders in education and advocacy, plus you'll get to hear tips from popular storybook authors that will inspire to go home and pick up a book to share with your child. (Check out the 30 Best Books to Read With Your Kids and these great books for preschoolers.) The event is free, and moms can enter onsite to win $1000 towards a school of their choice. (They'll also receive a pretty nifty goody bag.)